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Exhausted but satisfied

Posted by on March 31st, 2012

The breakfast bell rang early this morning, so I’ve only just gotten my shower this evening which is a good thing since I was filthy and covered in sand. We headed back to the spot where we set traps last night, and lo and behold I think we only lost one.  And I could be[…]

Stairway to Learning

Posted by on March 30th, 2012

When I stepped into the Institute of Genetics, Mainz, I stepped into the world of neural development – I was like Aladdin in the Cave of Wonders! It was all so new to me – so exciting, and so much to learn! Prof. Gerhard Technau’s group worked on different aspects of Drosophila neural development –[…]

This Month on the Node – March 2012

Posted by on March 30th, 2012

Money appears to have been the main topic of conversation this month. In the past few weeks, we’ve had a glimpse into the status of science funding in countries around the world. Paul O’Neill shared some news about the current funding situation in Japan, where government advisors recommended amalgamation of the main science bodies to[…]

Wildlife abounds, but jerboas?

Posted by on March 29th, 2012

This morning after a breakfast of fermented tofu on steamed buns, boiled peanut and rice soup, spicy strands of seaweed, and a plate of mixed onion, peppers, and tomato in vinegar, we headed off in the jeep in search of the right kind of desert for jerboas. I knew one of the places where we’d[…]


Posted by on March 28th, 2012

If you’ve recently visited our Facebook page, you may have already seen them, but we have some new banners – of both the physical and digital kind. First of all, we have a new banner to take to conferences. If you’re going to some of the conferences where The Company of Biologists has a stand,[…]

Nihao from Xinjiang

Posted by on March 28th, 2012

I have sprung up again in China. It’s time for another field collection of jerboa embryos in far northwestern China (Xinjiang), and since this is the reason Eva invited me to contribute to the Node, I figure it is finally time for me to oblige. The last couple of days were eventful. Friday morning I[…]

Post-doctoral position in Drosophila hematopoiesis: deciphering the niche function

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

A 3 years post-doctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Michèle Crozatier and Alain Vincent, at the Centre de Biologie du Développement CNRS/Toulouse University, France. One main topic of the lab concerns Drosophila hematopoiesis, the hematopoietic niche and the plasticity of cell fates in the lymph gland ( The candidate will further explore[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 8)

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: Chewing the Fat over PCP and growth The Drosophila protocadherin Fat (Ft) affects planar cell polarity (PCP) but also inhibits the overgrowth of imaginal discs by activating the Hippo pathway. The intracellular domain (ICD) mediates much of Ft activity, but are its PCP and Hippo[…]

FlyBase 2012 User Survey

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

Dear Colleagues,   FlyBase has begun to plan for the competitive renewal of FlyBase funding, which will be submitted to NIH in several months. EXTENSIVE INPUT from the community of FlyBase users is invaluable in two ways. (1) It is a crucial source of input to help us determine our priorities for the next five year period. (2) The[…]

An interview with José Xavier Neto

Posted by on March 20th, 2012

(This interview originally appeared in Development.) The Latin American Society for Developmental Biology (LASDB) is getting ready for their Sixth International Meeting, which will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay, from April 26th to 29th, 2012. To find out more about the society, and about developmental biology in Latin America, we talked to LASDB president José[…]